The story is told of a man who lived a life of poverty in a little shack on a remote parcel of land, penniless and destitute up until the day of his death. When his family gathered up his belongings, they discovered that, for whatever reason, he had neglected to cash a sizable cheque paid to him for mineral rights on his property. He could have lived an extremely comfortable life had he taken the simple step of endorsing the cheque and claiming what was his.
Every Easter, we are reminded of the greatest miracle ever. Jesus, crucified and buried for three days, rose from the dead, overcoming sin and death.
We read the story. We sing the songs. We celebrate. But do we really grasp the significance of what we’re celebrating?
Conquering sin and death, Jesus bought us freedom. He died and rose again so that we could experience life, and that life abundantly. That is the good news.
Too often, we are like that pauper who didn’t appropriate what was rightfully his. Let us not squander the wealth that is rightfully ours. Let us live victoriously in the freedom Jesus paid for.
Today, help us live fully. Thank you for the good news of Jesus' resurrection. Amen. — KG